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Electricity blackouts hit Summit County schools, ski areas

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — Power has been restored to communities in the Colorado mountains, an Xcel Energy spokesman said Friday after problems in the area’s natural gas system prompted rolling electric blackouts.

The Summit Daily reports that Xcel Energy cut electrical power Friday to different parts of Summit County for 30 minutes at a time to keep furnaces from operating and conserve natural gas.

Spokesman Mark Stutz said Friday afternoon that the company reconfigured its natural gas system to bring the supply system pressure up in the area. Xcel is still surveying to find what is causing the problem, he said.

Stutz said electricity was restored to all customers by 2 p.m.

The Summit School District closed elementary schools because of the blackouts. Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Keystone ski resorts said some of their lifts were affected.

Xcel says about 17,600 customers are affected by the blackouts.

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